Public-key cryptography (encryption is a misnomer) is the process of creating two keys during the encryption of plain text, one private and one public.

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sftp and public keys

I am trying to sftp into an a server hosted by someone else. To make sure this worked I did the standard sftp user@sftp.xxxxxx.com i was promted with the password and that worked fine. I am setting ...
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How, if at all, do SSH keys differ from asymmetric keys used for other purposes?

How, if at all, do SSH keys differ from asymmetric keys used for other purposes, e.g. email signing? I'm prompted to ask this, in part, because on OS X, there are apps available to manage SSH keys ...
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Encrypt tar file asymmetrically

I want to achieve something like tar -c directory | openssl foo > encrypted_tarfile.dat I need the openssl tool to use public key encryption. I found an earlier question about symmetric ...
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Creating encrypted database for work

My boss posed this problem to me: Encrypted: We need an encrypted database for miscellanious passwords we use at work that are currently only in people's head. Easily accessable: Someone needs to be ...
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How can I get a new / non-technical user to verify my GnuPG / PGP signed email?

I'm looking for a web front-end or some easy way to get a user who's never been exposed to cryptography / digital signatures etc. to simply copy/paste my GPG signed (not encrypted) email and specify ...
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How to generate a public/private key (UNIX)

Can some one please tell me, for using SSH, why does a host also need to have a public and private key? And how can I generate a public/private key pair for myself?